As a candidate for mayor, I have committed to place the city of Lakewood on course for 100% renewable energy by 2040. I have had every hope that we can come in ahead of that deadline, but doing so depends on more than the city’s mayor alone.
So I applaud my at-large colleagues’ introduction of a resolution committing the city to a target of 2035 for 100% renewable energy, based on the recommendation and expertise of the Sierra Club.
There is growing evidence that a swift transition to renewable energy is practical. Just last week, in fact, I saw and shared a Barron’s article to this effect. Strong support from city council is exactly what we will need to set and meet the goal of 100% renewable energy even before 2040.
Council’s support for this resolution on Monday is welcome news. I hope future councils will remain supportive, as our city confronts this challenge and opportunity in years ahead.